Daryl Collins

Dr. Daryl Collins is the author of Portfolios of the Poor and works at the intersection of finance and human vulnerability. In the past two decades, Dr. Collins has built up a broad portfolio of work with foundations, bilateral institutions, and private financial services providers, linking an understanding of household financial management to the provision of supportive financial services to the most vulnerable of the world. Her work is grounded in a deep understanding of the financial behaviors of low-income and vulnerable communities across the globe, leveraging the experience of executing financial diaries studies in over 10 countries, including China. Dr. Collins spent the last decade as Managing Director and CEO of BFA, a niche consulting practice.

She is currently conducting work on a wide breadth of projects from data empowerment, to measuring financial resilience during disasters such as COVID-19, to tracking child and forced labor in last-mile supply chains.

Dr. Collins holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. from New York University.

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